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04-04-2019, 04:28 PM   #8551
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QuoteOriginally posted by taks Quote
can anyone tell me what this guy might be? He/she was swimming in a lake at the park I often go.
Looks like a muskrat.

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QuoteOriginally posted by gifthorse Quote
Looks like a muskrat.
OK. thank you for the information would a muskrat be a good breakfast for a bold eagle that come to this park?
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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
Hawk - I'm uncertain of the identification, but possibly a red-tailed hawk.
I think juvenile and immature Red-tailed Hawks have yellow tarsi, toes, and cere, but I don't have my hawk identification guides here. I lean toward immature Broad-winged Hawk as the ID for this bird.

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QuoteOriginally posted by taks Quote
can anyone tell me what this guy might be? He/she was swimming in a lake at the park I often go.
A member of the vole/lemming family called common muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus).

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Turaco, captive specimen. This image was probably posted some time in the past, but the bird isn't showy enough to be remembered.
It's a member of the roller family (Coraciiformes: Coraciidae): i.e., Blue-bellied Roller (Coracias cyanogaster). The turquoise in the wings and tail is the giveaway. Turacos (Musophagiformes: Musophagidae) have a shorter, more decurved bill, a crested crown, shorter wings, and much longer tails.

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QuoteOriginally posted by CharLac Quote
Crow? Raven? You tell me
The bill is too small and the throat feathers too short for raven.


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QuoteOriginally posted by pete-tarmigan Quote
I think juvenile and immature Red-tailed Hawks have yellow tarsi, toes, and cere, but I don't have my hawk identification guides here. I lean toward immature Broad-winged Hawk as the ID for this bird.

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A member of the vole/lemming family called common muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus).

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It's a member of the roller family (Coraciiformes: Coraciidae): i.e., Blue-bellied Roller (Coracias cyanogaster). The turquoise in the wings and tail is the giveaway. Turacos (Musophagiformes: Musophagidae) have a shorter, more decurved bill, a crested crown, shorter wings, and much longer tails.

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The bill is too small and the throat feathers too short for raven.
Most excellent! We have an expert among us. I am so terrible with wildlife identification.
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Capped Wheateater
The name is wheatear, not wheateater. They are so named from an old Anglo-Saxon word for white arse (uppertail coverts), not because they allegedly eat wheat (they don't) (Lockwood, W. B. 1984. The Oxford Book of British Bird Names. Oxford University Press. 184 p. -- Written by a professor of linguistics).

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Hippocampus
I wonder how a genus of fish and a region of the brain ended up with the same name.

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Seals lazing on the ice in my marina boat basin in Holyrood Newfoundland. K-70 55-300PLM/100mmWR...


Cross posted to Nature forum and to K-70 forum.
Hooray for Holyrood!

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I think this is a Familiar Chat
I'm pretty sure it's a Rufous-necked Wryneck (Jynx ruficollis).

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I live in the hills above Palm Springs, CA....who am I?
Phainopepla (Phainopepla nitens).
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Go-away bird
I think it's a Speckled Mousebird (Coliiformes, Coliidae: Colius striatus) rather than a turaco (go-away-bird) (Musophagiformes, Musophagidae: Corythaixoides spp. and Criniferoides spp.).

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White-browed scrub-robin
I think it might be a Forest Scrub-robin (Tychaedon leucosticta) rather than a White-browed Scrub Robin (Cercotrichas leucophrys). The former has only small, white patches on the wing rather than full wing bars seen in the latter.

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Yellow throated spur fowl
Also known as Yellow-necked Francolin (Pternistis leucoscepus).

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A long-tailed shrike.
The tail seems too long for a shrike.

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green-winged dove.
I think this dove with green wings is a Grey-capped Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica).

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Swallow
Yes, probably White-throated Swallow (Hirundo albigularis).

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This elephant challenged our touring vehicle. The guide went in reverse and backed away quickly until this elephant stopped advancing directly toward us.
I guess that would be called "might-makes-right-of-way".

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I think that is Africa this bird is called a darter, but here it may be called an anhinga, a water turkey, or a snake bird.
All are correct when referring to the genus Anhinga.

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Copper-tailed coucal (?). Exasperatingly poor light angle.
Or perhaps Blue-headed Coucal (Centropus monachus).
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I wonder how a genus of fish and a region of the brain ended up with the same name..
In sagittal section the region of the brain has an outline that approximates the shape of a sea horse seen in side view, if you look at it sympathetically (IMHO)
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QuoteOriginally posted by taks Quote
would a muskrat be a good breakfast for a bold eagle that come to this park?
I think he'd prefer fish.
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QuoteOriginally posted by taks Quote
Hooded Merganser with DA50-135 cropped
Is that at Green Lake?
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QuoteOriginally posted by pete-tarmigan Quote
A member of the vole/lemming family called common muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus).
Thank you for the detailed answer
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I think he'd prefer fish
Yeh. I would too

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Is that at Green Lake?
The margenser was at Rattlesnake Lake south of Noth Bend. The bald eagle and muskrat was Lake Washington right in front of Boeing where Max 8 is built Do you ever go to the Renton Plant?
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Do you ever go to the Renton Plant?
Not for my current job, I work at the Big Shed in Everett.

But I have been to the Renton plant many times in the job I have before. I used to drive big trucks, and hauled lots of parts and tooling in and out of Boeing facilities all over North America.
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Pete-ptarmigan has found so many errors in my bird identifications, I'll just call this the small-woodpecker-most-commonly-seen-at-my-suet-feeder.
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